Library Closed to Public – Give us a call!

While we’re closed to patrons for the foreseeable future, give us a call or send us an email, and we’ll answer your questions just like normal! We can put items on hold for you to pick up at the drive-through windows at the Main Library on Goodwood or the Fairwood Branch, with curbside pickup coming soon at other locations. Stay healthy out there!

Credit-Free Titles on Kanopy

Looking for something new to watch? Check out Kanopy!

Get free access to thousands of movies with your library card. Enjoy critically-acclaimed movies, documentaries, award-winning foreign films, and more! You get 10 play credits per month with your library card, but they’re also offering credit-free titles. Here’s just a small sample of your options:

Why go to a movie theater when you can bring the movie theater into your own home? Log in to Kanopy today!

Dependable Strengths: Find and Grow the Best Within You

If you are ready to take your job, career, or life in a new and more fulfilling direction, come and start here. In this workshop, you will identify your own unique potential for excellence and get tips on how to develop it. You will complete exercises to identify your strengths and plan your next steps for developing them.

This workshop will be presented by Mike Cragin, Certified Facilitator by the Center for Dependable Strengths.

Join us Saturday, March 21st at the Main Library on Goodwood. The program is scheduled from 9 AM – 4 PM. Registration is required; please call (225) 231-3733 or register online.

Women’s History Month Exhibits

Special Collections is excited to invite patrons to view the special Women’s History month exhibits on display at the Main Library and online! The exhibit explores over 100 years of Baton Rouge women fighting to make this city a better place for all of its citizens. 

You’ll learn about the history of the Baton Rouge General Hospital and the Charity Ward Association ladies who, time and time again, came to the rescue of that institution; the Woman’s Suffrage Movement in Baton Rouge and Louisiana; the first women to be elected to political office in East Baton Rouge; and women educators committed to protecting the rights of their marginalized students.

The physical display will be available in Special Collections at the Main Library for the entire month of March! Access the online exhibit from the Baton Rouge Room Infoguide or the Library’s page on Google Arts and Culture!

Authors After Hours: Sarah M. Broom and Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

Adults can come to the Main Library at Goodwood at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 21, for a special Authors After Hours event featuring New York Times Best-Selling author Sarah M. Broom, and celebrated author Margaret Wilkerson Sexton.

Sarah M. Broom is the author of the 2019 National Book Award Winner and instant New York Times bestseller The Yellow House, a brilliant, haunting and unforgettable memoir about the relentless pull of home and family, set in a shotgun house in New Orleans East.

Sexton’s The Revisioners is set in 1925 and follows Josephine who is the proud owner of a thriving farm after freeing herself from slavery. Her uneasy friendship with her white female neighbor Charlotte is jeopardized by Charlotte’s connection with the Ku Klux Klan.

For more information, call (225) 231-3750.

Salary Negotiation 101

Do you feel you deserve a raise or promotion but don’t know how to ask? Are you applying for a new job and don’t know how to negotiate your salary? Come and attend this workshop on Salary Negotiation, presented by Certified Career Coach Anne Nowak. You will learn the rules governing salary negotiations, plus techniques to conquer them and ask for more money and other benefits.

Join us at the Main Library on Goodwood on Thursday, March 12th, at 11:30 AM. Registration is required. Please call 225-231 3733 or register online here.

One Book, One Community 2020

2020’s One Book, One Community read is Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie!

From the author’s website: Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and reignite their passion—for each other and for their homeland.

Join us this Saturday at 6PM to celebrate our 2020 read. You’ll enjoy a live musical performance by I Am I, delicious snacks, lots of local organizations, and more!

Indie Author Project WINNERS!

We’re so thrilled to announce the winners of the 2019 Indie Author Project! This project was a collaborative effort with library systems across Louisiana, and we’re proud to have done our part to promote it to all of our library users. Both winners are available through our indie ebook platform Biblioboard. Read on to find out more!

Fiction Winner – Mediterranean Sunset by Yvette Canoura

When Fatima was growing up in the affluent neighborhood of Kalorama in Washington D.C., she never imagined that her father, an ambassador, would force her into an arranged marriage that would take her across the world. After graduating from college, Fatima is thrust into the bed of a ruthless military man with revenge on his mind. Away from family and friends in a foreign country, she gradually accepts her fate… until an encounter with a handsome doctor ignites feelings and desires that jeopardize her life as she is torn between a cruel husband and a forbidden liaison. Her choices will uncover secrets that will unravel a chain of events that will change her life forever.

YA Winner – Transfixed by A. Lonergan

Freya had always wanted an escape from her life. When her senior trip to New Orleans goes haywire, she finds her escape. Witches, fairies, and other realms await her in her new life. But so does a self centered man-child with lavender eyes and a smile that might break her.

Sterling has always had everything handed to him, never told no. When he meets Freya, the spitfire red head, he is in for a challenging surprise. Things find a way of turning his world upside down, and he pushes her until she’s gone. With destruction and chaos threatening his city, will he be able to get her back?